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Training Course in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research 2013

Sexual and reproductive rights

Module coordinators: Karim Abawi, Marloes Schoonheim

Sexual and reproductive health is important to every individual at all stages of the human life. In order to achieve sexual and reproductive health, people need to know that sexual and reproductive health is a human right. There is a close relationship between sexual and reproductive health on the one hand and the legal and political system on the other.

Despite significant progress, many people around the world are deprived of their rights to sexual and reproductive health, many of them women and children and the vast majority living in low-income countries.

Legislation on sexual and reproductive health differs around the world and changes continuously. Providing information about sexual and reproductive health legislation and its changes is very important.

Module objectives

  • Build capacities of health professionals to incorporate sexual and reproductive rights in their professional practice.
  • Increase knowledge on sexual and reproductive health and its links to gender equality among health professionals and reach the larger public through them.
  • Strengthen advocacy skills of health professionals to influence policy at local, national and international levels with regards to sexual and reproductive rights and gender equality.

Module duration

The module on sexual and reproductive rights is integrated with other specific modules.

Topics to cover in this module

Support documents

Within this module the participants have access to various WHO guidelines and reference documents covering a wide range of topics on sexual and reproductive health and rights.


The participants are asked to choose one of the following options:

  1. Write in a short text (max 5 pages) the situation in their country in terms of sexual and reproductive rights.
  2. Write a short text (max 5 pages) on a thematic area of their interest in the field of sexual and reproductive rights (Family planning, Abortion, Female genital mutilation, Violence against women, Rights of people living with HIV /AIDS and etc).

Module validation

In order to validate this module the participants are required to submit their assignments. The deadline for assignment submission is November 2013 but we encourage the participants to submit their assignment earlier. The editorial team will review the assignments and those of quality will be published on Sexual and Reproductive Rights website in the participant’s name. You can send your assignment to: rights@gfmer.org.